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False. Young adults ages 18-24 think about suicide more than any other age group. In fact, 1 out of every 12 college students has made a plan to commit suicide at some point during their college career.
Answer: 11 young people between 15 and 24 yours old commit suicide every day in the United States. It is ranked as the third leading cause of death for this age group behind accidents and homicide. For every completed suicide, it is estimated that there are between 100 and 200 attempts. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death of college students with 7.5 out of every 100,000 taking their own lives.
Answer: In 2001, males 20 to 24 were approximately 6.6 times more likely than females to commit suicide and males 15 to 19 were 4.8 times more likely than females to commit suicide. However, females are almost twice as likely to attempt suicide and suicide is the leading threat to life for college women.
False. Having a serious, compassionate conversation without passing judgment shows that you are concerned for the person’s well-being and want to understand their pain. When talking with someone about suicide, keep an open mind to their problems and feelings, but don’t pretend you have all the answers. Asking someone openly if they are thinking of killing themselves will not push them over the edge. The best thing you can do is to help the person connect with UConn resources.
False. While there may be a single event that triggers a person to attempt suicide, a person contemplating suicide typically has a history of depression, alienation, low self-esteem, stress, and/or hopelessness. Among college students, those with a history of a significant and chronic mental health conditions pose the highest risks. The transition to a new environment, academic and social pressures, cultural pressures, feelings of failure or decreased performance, a sense of alienation, and lack of coping skills can cause the appearance of or increase the symptoms for suicide.
False. Although individuals thinking about suicide may not share their intentions, there are numerous warning signs that are commonly exhibited and recognizable.

  • Sudden worsening or lack of interest in school assignments
  • Fixation on death or violence
  • Unhealthy peer relationships such as individuals with no friends or suddenly rejecting close friends
  • Significant mood swings or a sudden changes in personality
  • Involvement in a physically and/or emotionally abusive relationships
  • An eating disorder
  • Significant difficulty adjusting to a gender identity or sexual orientation
  • Withdrawing from extracurricular activities
  • Overreaction to criticism
  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Unprovoked episodes of crying
  • Sudden neglect of appearance and hygiene
  • Increased use of alcohol or other drugs
Answer: 1100 deaths occur every year on college campuses as a result of suicide.